Vlamis AWS Oracle Test Drives Updated

We have updated all of our existing test drives and added a new one. 

We now use SampleApp v309 for our BI Test Drives, with even more sample dashboards and analyses.  We work closely with the SampleApp team.  Also check out their web page and YouTube channel.

The AWS platform is not only used as an environment for the test drive program.  We also use it as the environment for all of our training classes, and also for client proof of concept projects.

Private instances are available to clients through Vlamis.  Contact Kim Drottz at 816-781-2880 x114 or at kdrottz@vlamis.com for more information.

Vlamis at OOW 2013

We are honored to have been selected to present Big Data, Bigger Insights with Oracle Advanced Analytics and Oracle SQL Developer with Charlie Berger, Oracle Data Mining product manager. The session is taking place Monday, September 23 at 3:15 in the Marriott Marquis Salon 3/4. Check the session catalog for complete course details.

If you are unable to attend the hands-on lab, we'd love to see you at the events we are participating in. Even more, we'd still love to schedule a dedicated meeting with you. There are several ways to meet up with us this year:

  • At the Oracle Data Mining Hands On Lab
  • At the reception we are co-hosting Tuesday evening (see below)
  • By appointment in the Amazon Web Services booth (415 Moscone South)
  • By appointment in the HERE, a Nokia Business booth (2232 Moscone South)
  • At the Oracle Data Warehouse Global Leaders Forum

Reception at Oracle OpenWorldOOW Reception

Tuesday, September 24 at 5:00 PM, we are again co-hosting a reception with Simba Technologies. Oracle product managers will be in attendance, along with consulting experts from Simba and Vlamis. This is the event at OOW for focusing on Oracle OLAP. And yes, there will again be those delicious burgers and ribs! If you are still interested in attending, RSVP to kdrottz@vlamis.com

Vlamis Offering Oracle University's Oracle Data Mining Class in Kansas City September 11 and 12

Join us September 11 and 12 in KC for Oracle University's comprehensive 2-day introduction to this powerful analytic tool.  Data Mining is the process of automatically sifting through data to uncover previously hidden patterns, identify causal relationships, discover new insights, and make predictions about the future. It helps answer business questions like:

  • Which customers should we target?
  • Which corrective actions should we make and how much are our potential savings?
  • Which activities are the most important influencers to our key performance indicators?
  • What outcomes are most likely and which investments most attractive?
  • Who are our most effective sales persons and what is the best way to segment our customers and assign them to the salesforce?

Oracle's Data Mining option provides powerful data mining algorithms that run as native SQL functions for in-database model building and model deployment saving organizations tremendous amounts of time and money over traditional data mining toolsets.  Users of the Oracle Data Mining feature can build, evaluate, share, and deploy predictive analytics methodologies. - Oracle Advanced Analytics website

Course Description:

This course covers the basic concepts of data mining and teaches students how to leverage the predictive analytical power of the Oracle Database Data Mining option by using Oracle Data Miner 11g Release 2. Students learn how to explore the data graphically, build and evaluate multiple data mining models, apply Oracle Data Mining models to new data, and deploy Oracle Data Mining's predictions and insights throughout the enterprise.


Tim Vlamis, Consultant

Vlamis Software Solutions, Inc.


September 11 and 12, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

Lunch will be provided


Benedictine College

5125 Roe Blvd, Ste 150

Roeland Park, Kansas 66205


To register for this two-day event, send email to: kdrottz@vlamis.com

Please provide number of attendees. 

Accommodation options:  Contact kdrottz@vlamis.com for options


Oracle Test Drive Update - KDNuggets and Others

We're getting some great feedback and exposure from our Oracle Test Drive.  We now have 5 test drives of the following technologies:

  • Oracle BI
  • BI Publisher
  • Excel Analysis of OLAP Data
  • Data Mining
  • Map Views in OBIEE

All of these are available at www.vlamis.com/testdrive-registration.  Each one has a one to two hour exercise that you can go through, but you're free to go "off road" and explore on your own.  Where else can you get your very own dedicated instance of Oracle software for free for up to five hours?

Some of the recent exposure includes:

Please let us know if you end up featuring this as well.

Oracle Data Mining vs. SAS is like Support Vector Machines vs. Neural Nets

I’m part of a small group of mathematics enthusiasts in Kansas City who meet about once a month on Saturday mornings to drink coffee and discuss mathematics. This past weekend it was my turn to do a presentation to the rest of the group and I chose to speak on the mathematical foundations of the Support Vector Machine algorithm in Oracle Data Mining. While I wasn’t surprised that some in the group had a better handle on Vapnik-Chervonenkis theory than I and gently “guided” me a few times, I was somewhat surprised at their positive reaction to my characterization of the “Oracle” approach to data mining in contrast with the “SAS” approach.